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Animal shelters preparing for increase in strays scared by fireworks

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Animal shelters are expecting to be busy with an influx of strays scared by the sounds of fireworks this Fourth of July and asking pet owners to think about their pets before they celebrate.

Staff members at Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro told FOX 12 their stray kennels are starting to fill up already. The shelter plans to be open Tuesday to help reunite pets that get loose with their owners.

The shelter workers said there are a few things pet owners can do to keep their animals happy during the holiday, including keeping them inside, turning on some music and just being with them.

The main focus should simply be to try and alleviate as much stress for pets as possible.

"Go into a room that maybe doesn't have a window, like a bathroom or basement room, turn on the radio,” Bonnie Hays manager Deborah Wood suggested. “Read ‘War and Peace’ to your pet. It's your chance to read, just be with your pet and keep it calm and quiet."

If case a pet does escape, Wood suggested the pet owners check not just the shelters near them but with all of the shelters around the metro area.

She also said to check social media since there are several community Facebook lost and found pages where people may post a found animal.

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